Vegan “Meats: “Pass the Tofurky! Best Vegetarian ‘Meat’ Alternatives Just in Time for the Holidays
Omnivore Karl Sterling joins us to discuss the advancements made by vegetarian protein, meat analogue, and ‘faux’ meat products, and yummy suggestions for holiday serving.
Vegetarians rejoice as the holidays approach. Gratefully gone are the days of dry, unpalatable and unseasoned veggie TVP protein flakes or lumpy canned fodder. (See the “Everybody Loves Raymond episode video below.)
With tasty advancements in meat substitutes and ‘faux meats’ like Tofurky, vegetarians and friendly carnivores enjoy the savory holiday taste of turkey! Those yearning for the flavors of Italian salami or sausages, chorizo or roast beef as antipasto and appetizers or holiday meal leftovers have additional reasons to celebrate today.
Quorn Turk’y Roast
Quorn products offer a soy-free meat alternative (for allergic individuals or those seeking to reduce soy products) for the holidays.
Quorn Turk’y tastes like turkey and can be kept moist and flavorful by adding gravies and basting sauces during the roasting process. Unlike Tofurky, Quorn products contain dairy and egg products. The consistency of Quorn Turk’y roast’s “mouth-feel” is chewy and similar to real turkey. It’s lightly seasoned and delectably savory.
Many larger U.S. grocers, including Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Albertsons, Giant and Stop & Shop carry Quorn products in the freezer section. According to the company’s website, the Quorn line is available in 11 countries (including the United Kingdom).
Juicy vegetarian Italian sausage
Making a delicious stuffing, complete with chunks of Italian sausage, is possible for vegetarians. Italian sausage by Lightlife offers vegetarians savory versatility: sauté whole sausages with peppers and onions, or slice sausages to add to soups and stuffings. Try a roasted whole sausage on a toasted bun with Dijon mustard for a snack before and after the holiday feast, too.
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